APPLE’S European vice president said that she is “incredibly proud” of the company’s relationship with Terence MacSwiney College, speaking at the school’s third annual MacFactor Awards last night.
The school was celebrating the education programme it runs with the tech giant, based nearby in Hollyhill, which saw 50 students go through Apple’s Everyone Can Create and Everyone Can Code curriculums and learn how to use programmes like iMovie and Garage Band.
Apple’s support for Terence MacSwiney College began with a donation of iMacs and iPads, and, since 2016, more than 40 employees have volunteered more than 1,200 hours to assist with education programmes.
Speaking to the pupils and their families last night, Cathy Kearney, vice president of European Operations, Apple, said she was delighted with the programme.
“It is just so amazing for us to come here and see the enthusiasm of staff and pupils. It’s amazing,” she said.
“The school has been an amazing partner to us every step of the way. It has surpassed everything we ever expected of it.
“I’m incredibly proud that we’ve played such an active role in the Cork community for nearly 40 years.
“Supporting education is one of Apple’s core values and I’m delighted to see students from Terence MacSwiney College showcase projects that Apple’s Everyone Can Create and Everyone Can Code resources and our team of volunteers have helped to inspire.”
Terence MacSwiney College principal Phil O’Flynn said that the programme has “revolutionised” the school’s teaching and learning.
“Students are now challenging traditional labels of who is creative or not, and exploring new dimensions of learning through the technology,” she said.
“The Apple volunteers are a key part of the success of the project. The Apple volunteering programme has helped nurture them, and we’ve discovered talents that we never knew they had.
“You have to create hope, no matter what context you work in. Sometimes you need a bit of help with that, and that’s what this programme does — it lifts the school.”
Today, Apple will welcome 100 students from Coláiste an Sproid Naoimh and St Vincents to the Hollyhill campus as part of a full-day Transition Year Experience.